Ian Curtis has become more than just a cult figure; he has become a branded, commodified image and idea, now an active simulacrum for over thirty years. In the past decade alone, he has inspired movies, clothing lines and even skateboard decks. It is the stark lyrics of Curtis, the dark and moody production of Martin Hannett on the two Joy Division albums, and the desolate pictures of the young band left behind that have built a seemingly unshakeable aura of authenticity to the music, myth and continued investment of interest in the group.
This book examines the fascination and devotion for the martyred singer while delving into intimate life stories illustrating the power of music and image in modern life. Written by life-long fans, inspired musicians, academics and even an employee of the cemetery where Curtis is interred, Joy Devotion: The Importance of Ian Curtis and fan culture provides a unique and fresh twist from various perspectives as to why this band and this singer are still so influential in the twenty-first century.
Essays on Curtis explore ideas of memory, death, technology, fandom and secular religion, complemented by photos taken at the Ian Curtis Memorial Stone. Fans and artists contribute their personal insights granting intimate access to the very people who Curtis continues to influence and inspire long past his untimely death in 1980.
Preface by Stephen Morris. Foreword by Kevin Cummins.
Illustrated throughout, including 14 pages in colour.